During the summer the fruit situation at my house gets a little out of control. It’s piling up on the kitchen counter. It’s rolling around on the floor. Don’t even get me started on the shenanigans going on inside the fruitbowl. Let’s just say the plums have some explaining to do. I digress. So what do you do when life gives you fruit? Why, throw it in a jar of brandy and spices of course! At least that’s what went through my head when I laid eyes on the first Rainier cherries of the season a while back. Everyone always makes red brandied cherries, so I couldn’t help but switch it up a bit. I followed this recipe here. For the cocktail I wanted something elegant, something bright, that would accentuate the vibrant cherry within. I immediately thought eau de vie – clear fruit brandy. I picked up a bottle of kirsch from St. George Spirits. Everything else just fell into place. I added a bit of sweetness with some elderflower, balanced out by a crisp apéritif. Some smooth summer sipping, indeed.

Cherry Brandy and Elderflower Cocktail // HonestlyYUM

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz kirsch
  • 1/2 oz Cocchi Americano
  • 1/2 oz St. Germain elderflower liqueur
  • brandied Rainier cherry for garnish

Cherry Brandy and Elderflower Cocktail // HonestlyYUM

Start by chilling your glass. Either pop it in the freezer or fill it with ice cubes. Next, add all the ingredients to your mixing glass.

Cherry Brandy and Elderflower Cocktail // HonestlyYUM

Add ice and stir for a full minute. Your mixing glass will be well-frosted. Discard the ice from your chilled cocktail glass and strain in your cocktail.

Cherry Brandy and Elderflower Cocktail // HonestlyYUM

Garnish with a brandied Rainier cherry. Brandied cherries take a little while to make. Don’t worry, you can enjoy the cocktail in the meantime with fresh cherries (pitted).

Cherry Brandy and Elderflower Cocktail // HonestlyYUM

And that’s all there is to it . . .

Cherry Brandy and Elderflower Cocktail // HonestlyYUM

A beautifully refined cocktail made from one of summer’s greatest bounties.

Cherry Brandy and Elderflower Cocktail // HonestlyYUM

Enjoy!!

Cherry Brandy and Elderflower Cocktail // HonestlyYUM

Cherry Brandy and Elderflower Cocktail // HonestlyYUM

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